Stage 8, Giro Rosa 2015 – the ITT – videos, photos, links & more

After 8 tough stages in the Giro Rosa, Saturday was all about personal strength – the 22km tough and technical ITT with a descent, hairpins and climbs – and the chance to change the General Classification before the final Queen stage tomorrow.  And with some very, very strong ITT riders in the GC top 10, it was going to be an amazing fight.  What happened?  Watch the highlights and find out!

Short highlights, and the full hour coverage


More videos and links and rider reactions below…

Full Stage 8 results

1.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo-Liv, 0:36:05.27
2.   Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans, + 01:02.96
3.   Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla, + 01:16.15
4.   Katrin Garfoot (Aus) ORICA-AIS, + 01:16.86
5.   Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo-Liv, + 01:27.49
6.   Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Velocio-SRAM, + 01:31.05
7.   Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle Honda, + 01:45.18
8.   Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans, + 01:46.07
9.   Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabo-Liv, + 01:53.22
10. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 0:02:01.14

Here’s Van der Breggen’s reaction on her website – Dutch, or via google translate.  And the Rab-Liv video:

and of course, the ITT changed the GC times, and shuffled placings around, but it’s still the same names in the top 10:

General Classification after Stage 8

1.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo-Liv, 0:21:40.03
2.   Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans, + 00:46
3.   Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla, + 01:15
4.   Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo-Liv, + 01:46
5.   Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle Honda, + 02:29
6.   Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda, + 03:01
7.   Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans, + 03:52
8.   Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabo-Liv, + 05:32
9.   Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo-Liv, + 06:08
10.  Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 06:23

Bigla had some great tweeting before & after the ITT, for example…

check out their twitter, & especially

I have loved the photos this week – here are the penultimate galleries from Sean at Velofocus and Balint Hamvas at  They took very different approaches, Balint staying in the town, Sean out on the hairpins, but I love them botj

Race report with rider quotes on Ella Cycling Tips, and race reports from Rabo-Liv, Boels Dolmans, Bigla, ORICA-AIS and Wiggle Honda.  Rider reports by Lucinda Brand (Dutch or via google translate), and from Ellen van Dijk on her site (Dutch or google translate) and diaries from Lizzie Williams and Tiffany Cromwell on Ella Cycling Tips.

Blog from Anna Sanchis about her crash and operation

Before the ITT…


Love these thanks to the staff from Annemiek van Vleuten & Barbara Guarishci!


So what will happen tomorrow?  Well this is where things get interesting, because we’ve seen this final climb twice in the last 2 years.  In 2013, Mara Abbott won the stage, and if those exact results stood tomorrow, she’d win the whole Giro.  But then last year they rode the exact same course as tomorrow, and while Abbott was second behind Emma Pooley, the results were much more tight – check them out – so if those results were the same, Van der Breggen wins easily.  But you know what’s great about cycling?  Anything can happen, and remember we have intermediate sprint bonifications and finish-line bonis too.  It’s going to be a great stage!  Find out more about it with Velofocus’ preview, and here are the videos from 2014 and from 2013.

Stage 9 starts at 12:30 CEST (11:30am, UK BST, 6:30am North American EDT, 8:30pm Aussie AEDT) and should last for approximately 2 and a half hours.  Follow it live with my guide – and you can listen to Dan and me talk about Stages 2 to 6 on our latest women’s cycling podcast, and if you want to chat Giro or the sport in general, leave me a comment, or talk to me on twitter.

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